Finalists for The Des Moines Register’s 13th annual Iowa Star, Aurora and Quasar awards have been published. The award ceremony will be held on April 9.

Revealing the awardees names yesterday, The Des Moines Register reports, “A former reverend who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and a pair of nonprofit groups dedicated to getting people off the streets are among the finalists for The Des Moines Register’s 13th annual Iowa Star and Aurora awards.”

The finalists for the Iowa Star Award are Milton Cole Duvall, a board member of West Des Moines school and civil rights advocate; Connie Wimer, Business Publications Corp. founder; and Karen Devore, a retired social worker. The award is given to those who work for promoting self-sufficiency and the development of the lives of the most vulnerable.

The Aurora Award honors a nonprofit organization to solve a community problem. Joppa Outreach, Urban Dreams and Youth Emergency Services & Shelter are the finalists for this year award.

The Quasar Award honors an Iowa middle or high school student for leadership in the community and showing ability to balance between public service, academics and extracurricular activities. Fez Zafar,   a seventh-grade student at Bergman Academy in Des Moines; Ian Coon, a junior at Waukee High School; and Kathleen Foley, a senior at Dowling Catholic High School are finalists for this award.

Marsha Mills, administration manager with Register Media and organizer of the award program, said, “The awards honor individuals, community organizations and a central Iowa student that make outstanding contributions in central Iowa.”

“The nominees we received for each award are phenomenal. We are extremely honored to have each and every one of them in our central Iowa community,” she added.

 

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